A few months ago I saw one of the daily Google Doodles and instantly thought- that would make a cool quilt. After clicking on their link and doing a search of my own, I learned a bit about a Canadian abstract painter, and minimalist named Agnes Martin. (March 22, 2014 was her 102nd birthday)
EDIT-WOW someone other than me is reading my blog! Artsy contacted me asking that I include a link to Agnes Martin from their website. Click HERE for more info on Agnes. Before the email I have never heard of Artsy- but with a motto like this- you gotta love them: Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. We are a resource for art collecting and education. Take a look at ARTSY if you have a few minutes, which might turn into hours because you will get lost in all of the brilliant art that they have.
Here are a few of her paintings.
My favourite one is called Window that she painted in 1957, and I immediately thought I wanted to make it into a quilt, so I saved the photo in my file for a one day project.
A few months later I came across this photo and also thought this could become a quilt, and was remind of the original inspiration.
I combined elements from both to create my own design for a quilt. I liked how there was larger spacing between the blocks on Agnes’s painting and that she painted rectangles of colour, instead of squares. I also like how in the photo of the living room, 4 different colours were used.
So I rummaged through my fat 1/4’s and found 4 colours I thought went well together and reminded me of the four colours in the photo. I also figured since fat 1/4’s are generally the same sized rectangle, I would use that dimension for the size of my fabric.
I added some sashings, and a really wide border and made my own minimalist quilt.
For the machine quilting I wanted to try something I had seen a few times online- many different thread colours. I knew I wanted to quilt rows and rows of straight line quilting, and found a few shades of thread that coordinated with the background fabric and the fat 1/4 fabric. I then randomly quilted row after row in each colour, not worrying how many rows were from which colour, just quilted and quilted until I reached the end of the quilt. The quilting is quite subtle and unless you look up close you might miss the fact that I used different threads. Here are some up close photos that show the quilting.
I finished the binding during the London Friendship Quilters Guild meeting and only need to sew down the sleeve. (might not get to that before the London Modern Quilt Guild Canada meeting tomorrow morning) I think it looks pretty cool and boy did it make up quickly! Because the inspiration quilt is named Window, I named this quilt Wake Up (Arcade Fire) as the sun or full moon is always shining in my bedroom window waking me up. Here is some links to the song- listen to it if you have a chance, it’s awesome! Plus they are a Canadian band so we have to support our own talent!
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